“This CD is pure folk music, just Edwards and his guitar. He’s an excellent songwriter.”
What struck me right away when I first played “Space & Time” was Richard Edward’s strikingly good voice. This guy lives just about 45 minutes up the road from me in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and has been playing in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area for years. I really need to get out more often.
He sounds like a more soulful version of John Denver. What sounds even more beautiful is when he duets with his wife, Cathy. Their voices are lovely together on songs like the title track.
This CD is pure folk music, just Edwards and his guitar. He’s an excellent songwriter, taking a balanced view of love in songs like “No Place I’d Rather Be,” which he wrote for his wife about their wedding day. This isn’t a sappy love song – he acknowledges the good and the bad. “We all look less clean once love’s dust settles, but there’s no place I’d rather be,” he sings. He takes the same view in “Nothing’s For Free,” a slow, musing, contemplative track that sounds like he’s strumming along and thinking out loud. This song is another balanced view of love, with a decision to continue anyway. This honesty makes these love songs more romantic that most starry-eyed love songs I hear on the radio.
He also finds songs in unlikely places, such as an empty house. In “For Sale or Rent,” he sings from the point of view of a house looking for a family to live with. And “Father’s Day Son” really pulled at my heart. It’s the story of a 16-year-old father who never knew his own dad.
But it’s not all seriousness on this CD. Edwards also has a wicked sense of humor. My favorite track is “1-900-IMYOURS.” Edwards writes in the CD notes: “There were no phone sex jingles with which I or anyone could really sing along, so, I decided to write my own.” This one is a jaunty tune written for the ladies. I laughed at several of the lines. I wonder if he could put together a jingle for that “Jerry Springer – Too Hot for TV” video series.
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